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The American Planning Association, California Chapter – Northern, offers membership to city and regional planners and associated professionals primarily living or working in California, from and through Monterey County to the Oregon border, including the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Lake and San Benito Counties. APA California Northern promotes planning-related continuing education and social functions in order to:

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  • Foster a sense of community among the members.

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New: Bay Area Equity Atlas

New: Bay Area Equity Atlas

A new equity data resource, “The Bay Area Equity Atlas,” has been released.

By Victor Rubin, PolicyLink, June 6, 2019.

The Bay Area economy is experiencing phenomenal growth, yet rising inequality and displacement are making it impossible for working-class people and communities of color to stay and thrive — ultimately undermining the region’s future.

This first-of-its-kind tool brings the power of the National Equity Atlas to the local level, providing 21 equity indicators — from income growth to police use of force to voting — for 271 geographies across the region.

The data is nested within a narrative about how and why bolder equity strategies are key to solving the Bay Area’s racialized inequality and housing insecurity. And the numbers, charts, and maps are complemented by policy solutions, examples, and residents’ stories of challenge and progress.

The Atlas was produced by a partnership between the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE). It has the potential to bolster grassroots efforts, inform news stories about the region, and elevate equity in the local policy debate.

For more information, contact the project director, Sarah Treuhaft, at sarah@policylink.org.


In the middle of your planning career? We want your ideas!

In the middle of your planning career? We want your ideas!

By Miroo Desai, AICP

Northern Section has created a new board position, Mid-Career Planners Group Director, towards meeting the needs of planners who are midway in their careers. Our mission is to “organize and provide a forum for mid-career planners to develop career-building programs, social events, and mentoring opportunities.” As the first person in this position, I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts for the type of activities and events that you, as a mid-career planner, would like to see offered by our Section. Please email me, Miroo Desai, or call me at (510) 596-3785.

BAPDA’s Spring Meeting: The Housing Legislation Frenzy
Satellite image of the Bay Area. USGS, April 2009

BAPDA’s Spring Meeting: The Housing Legislation Frenzy

By Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP, with photos by Hing Wong, AICP

The Bay Area planning directors’ meeting — always open to anyone interested — was well attended on May 17 . Attendees were given a lot to chew on: the rapidly changing landscape of housing policy, but also the changes coming in the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, with much bigger numbers and stricter rules for what can be counted as a developable site. Did I mention the excellent breakfast and lunch? Hing Wong, AICP, took these photos of several of the presenters. I added the captions.

“The search for solutions to California’s housing crisis has reached unprecedented levels of activity in the state legislature and within our own communities. Dozens of new bills are slated for consideration in the coming years and their impact on municipalities throughout the state and region are hotly debated,” read the agenda.

Al Savay, AICP, Community & Economic Development Director, City of San Carlos, and Chair, Bay Area Planning Directors Association, welcomed us to BAPDA’s half-day program in Nile Hall at Oakland’s Preservation Park.


Ken Kirkey, Director of the ABAG/MTC Regional Planning Program, described how the The Housing Legislation Working Group came out of the CASA Compact to address the production and preservation of housing at all levels of affordability, while protecting vulnerable populations from housing instability and displacement.


State Senator Mike McGuire (on the right) drafted SB 4 to address concerns about Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 50 taking a one-size-fits-all approach to providing housing. SB 4 was merged with SB 50, which in turn was shelved, presumably until January 2020. Senator McGuire noted there is a lot to do over the summer. At the left is Rosalyn Hughey, San Jose’s Planning Director, who took questions from the floor for the senator. They seem to like this one!


Annie Fryman, Policy Aide and SB 50 lead for Sen. Scott Wiener, spoke about moving forward important housing legislation.
SJSU’s 2018 and 2019 “Brazilian Urbanism” students reunite

SJSU’s 2018 and 2019 “Brazilian Urbanism” students reunite

2018 and 2019 “Brazilian Urbanism: Past Present & Future” international studies abroad classes reunited May 9th at San Pedro Square in downtown San José. L-r, Lecturer and Practitioner-in-Residence Rick Kos, AICP; planning students Michelle Louie, Kally Yeung, Zak Mendez, Laura Mauer, Owen Lin, Tonya Veitch, Jerry Wilburn, Melanie Erickson, and Sneha Parmar; and Northern Section representatives Hing Wong, AICP, and Juan Borrelli, AICP, top right. See the original image here.

Registration is open for APA California’s 2019 Conference

Registration is open for APA California’s 2019 Conference

This year’s state conference will be held in Santa Barbara from September 15-18, hosted by Central Coast Section at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

Online registration and conference details are available at apacalifornia-conference.org.

This year’s conference theme is A Resilient Future. Conference co-chair Tess Harris noted that resiliency means something different to each of us. She hopes the theme will spark dialogue, create partnerships, provide networking opportunities, and foster discussion of what A Resilient Future means for communities across California.

The conference will tackle pressing issues, including climate change, housing, energy, transportation, diversity, sea level rise, sustainability, economy, disaster, and recovery.

Central Coast Section will host APA California’s opening reception on September 15 at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, an iconic Santa Barbara landmark. (Be sure to climb to the top of the clock tower for a panoramic view of Santa Barbara while you are at the conference.)



Re: May issue and demise of the PDFs

Kudos to you all for your hard work in preparing those beloved PDFs. They were a joy to read! Thanks again for keeping us entertained over all these years.

Chandler Lee, San Francisco

Thanks for the entertaining and informative Northern News PDF obituary. You continue to set a standard for effective communication!

H. Pike Oliver, Seattle

2019 Northern Section Awards Gala June 7

2019 Northern Section Awards Gala June 7


Join us on June 7 at our 2019 Awards Gala as we honor innovative plans, projects, and distinguished APA members.

This year, meet and mingle with fellow planners as we present our Northern Section awards at Starline Social Club, a restaurant/bar at 2236 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Oakland. Our Section winners often go on to win APA state and national awards.

We offer discounted ticket bundles, so bring your friends and colleagues. Come network, get energized, have fun, and meet your fellow and upcoming STAR planners.

  • Networking Reception: 6:00 to 7:15
  • Presentation of Awards: 7:15 to 8:30
  • Networking Reception: 8:30 to 9:30

NOTE: Oakland’s ‘First Friday’ event takes place the same evening. Parking in the area is limited, so we encourage you to take public transportation, use a ride share service, or carpool. Starline Social Club is a half-mile, 10-minute walk (or a six-minute bus ride on the 72M) from the 19th Street/Oakland BART Station.

Go here for tickets and more information.